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Local COVID-19 relief tops $200M; County budget outlook positive as economy shows signs of improvement

SMC Board of Supervisors

The County of San Mateo said it has put $218 million into local relief efforts since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, it announced Tuesday. 

These relief efforts include more than 284 additional public WiFi sites that have been set up, which more than 82,000 people have connected to, the county said. The county has also assisted about 1,000 low-income seniors by providing them with meal deliveries, the county said.

The scope of the relief effort is outlined in the County’s Mid-Year Budget Update, which provides a snapshot of the County’s budget outlook for the current 2021-22 fiscal year.

The County, according to the Mid-Year Budget Update, expects to end the current fiscal year on June 30, 2022, with $153 million in fund balance.

At the same meeting, the Board of Supervisors accepted the 2021-23 Children, Youth and Families Budget, a 67-page dive into programs and services and the impact of those on the county’s 205,000 children and youth.

The Fiscal Year 2021-22 Adopted Budget allocates $375.1 million for programs that directly benefit children, youth, and families. Following approval of the County’s budget, staff from the Office of Budget and Performance analyze all programs and services that benefit these populations in an attempt to quantify the investments in and the outcomes of those investments.

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